Twelve million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island from 1892 to its closure in 1954. Museum holdings include: ephemera and contemporary art reflecting public attitudes toward the statue and immigrants; clothing, religious artifacts, and personal belongings of the immigrants who passed through Ellis Island; original furnishings and equipment from the immigration station buildings; original components and working models of the statue. Archival materials include photographs, passports, papers of US Immigration Department employees and oral histories of individuals who came through Ellis Island. The archeological collection includes artifacts from prehistoric inhabitants of the island.
Significant elements of the collection include: Augustus F. Sherman Photographic Collection
Statue of Liberty Memorabilia Collection
Ludmila Kuchan Foxlee Papers
Ellis Island Oral History Collection